Close-up: Haydn's Seven Last Words
Four string players from the Concertgebouw Orchestra play Haydn's extraordinary meditation on the last words of Christ in the Recital Hall, with speaker Florian de Backere.
Haydn's Die sieben letzte Worten
'Instrumental music about the seven last words of our Savior on the Cross, consisting of seven sonatas with an introduction and an Earthquake at the end': the original title of this work could not be clearer. Joseph Haydn composed a peculiar form of a large-scale meditation on the last words of Jesus Christ (translated as 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do'). During the Lent, Die Sieben letzte Worten des Erlösers am Kreuze is often considered a suitable wordless alternative to Bach's great Passions. Today, a string quartet from the Concertgebouw Orchestra works with actor/writer Florian de Backere.
In the chamber music series Close-up, musicians from the Concertgebouw Orchestra play self-composed programs in the Recital Hall. These are all special one-off concerts that cannot be heard anywhere else. The way to experience the individual qualities of the orchestra musicians! The intimate concerts are organized by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
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